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Lima, the capital of Peru and the second largest desert capital city after Cairo in Egypt, is the main transportation center for the entire nation. While most tourists quickly pass through Lima on their way to Cusco or Machu Picchu, many are sticking around for a few days to admire the eclectic Peruvian attractions. An ambitious culinary scene, contemporary and innovative art galleries, and historic sights are putting Lima on the map for being more than just a stopover city. The weather is mild, the people are friendly, the food is incredible, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean are one of a kind.
Your scenic introduction to Lima awaits you. The neighborhood of Miraflores offers a picturesque boardwalk stroll through pristine parks, colorful flowerbeds, and cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The oldest public site in Lima, The Plaza Mayor, also known as Plaza de Armas, is the main square in central Lima. Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, the Plaza is surrounded by a number of notable monuments.
Parque del Amor, AKA Love Park, is an intimate park dedicated to everyone who loves. Romantic views over the bay of Lima and surrounding walls of mosaics offer the perfect retreat for you and your beloved.
Best known for peculiar shapes of human faces and animals etched in granite, Marcahuasi is a plateau in the Andes Mountains. Hundreds of shapes can be found, but the giant human head staring at the sky takes the cake.
The iconic Bridge of Sighs is a sweet pastime for local lovers. Legend has it that if you make a wish and then cross the wooden bridge without taking a single breath, your wish will come true.
One of Lima’s most visited sites, Parque de la Reserva, is renowned for its 13 distinct and often times, interactive fountains. The fountains light up at night and synchronize with a colorful laser light show.
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Some argue that Lima is the best place in South America to experience ceviche. Cevicherias, restaurants that specialize in ceviche, are on just about every corner. For the very best, head to the neighborhood of Miraflores. You won’t be disappointed.
You can’t leave the city without trying Lima’s drink of choice, pisco. Made from brandy and grapes, the beloved spirit is also revered in Chile. This has sparked an intense rivalry over whether Chilean or Peruvian pisco reigns supreme. You be the judge.
Parque Kennedy, named after John F. Kennedy, is also affectionately known as Cat Park. The park is beautifully manicured and surprisingly adorned with hundreds of cats. Locals have embraced their feline friends and can even be found napping with them.
If you plan on hiking to higher grounds, be sure to grab a bag of coca leaves from a local market. The Incas would chew coca leaves to alleviate hunger, exhaustion, and to stimulate physical endurance while hiking the Andes.
Lima’s climate is reminiscent of typical Mild Desert conditions. Temperatures range between mild and warm. Summer months are considered to be December through April and winter from June through October. Humidity levels tend to run high, particularly in the mornings. However, chances are pretty good you won’t be needing your raincoat. Lima experiences little precipitation throughout the year.